I am a Muslim-American writer.
I received my Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Creative Writing with an emphasis in Fiction and Writing for Young People from Antioch University, Los Angeles. I am an alumna of the University of California, San Diego, where I received a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Political Science with an emphasis in International Relations and a minor in Literature/Writing while taking extensive courses in Photography. I am a writer, editor, blogger, and photographer. I am also a fellow of VONA/Voices for writers of color. Prior to joining Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency (SDLA), I interned remotely for Ayesha Pande Literary Agency. I have also held various positions in education and the arts, including being hired as a consultant to write and edit a comic book project for The AjA Project.
I am dedicated to learning about the publishing industry and fostering a career in publishing with the commitment of supporting diverse voices by increasing the visibility of writers of color who have been marginalized in the past.
I was born and raised in San Diego, California. Despite my sarcasm and unhealthy amount of caffeine often getting me in trouble, I’m always working on a few manuscripts at once as I query, what I hope will become, my debut novel.
I was born with an intense love for the written word and literature. While I had always dreamed of completing novels, short stories, and writing material for the world that was both entertaining and educational, little did I know that my love for words would lead me to gaining a love for editing. There’s a sweet satisfaction to having the opportunity to read the work of others – regardless of what type of material and subject – and being able to work alongside others to better their writing while also gaining knowledge of subjects I never thought would interest me. I enjoy my work and look forward to every material of writing I receive.
Photography is much more than a hobby to me. It’s another form of breathing. After experimenting for years with several cameras, I now own a beautiful Canon DSLR that has traveled with me all over California, the United States, and overseas. Having been born and raised in San Diego, my favorite type of photography is natural light photography, capturing beautiful moments all over America’s Finest City and the world.
I remember being that kid who was always concerned about capturing moments – all sorts of experiences – to feel like I had more control than just creating a snapshot of a moment in my head. My love for photography started around the same time I was able to understand the concept of a camera. My parents couldn’t afford to get me anything fancy, but they still managed to get me simple cameras, disposable and film, back in elementary school. Both of my mom’s uncles also loved photography and whenever I would visit them, I would sit there watching them work their fancy cameras. By the time that high school came around, my parents were able to buy me one of the first digital cameras. A small, silver Olympus followed by a nicer pink Sony camera. I finally made the leap to take photography more seriously after my first quarter at the University of California, San Diego. I took on a photography minor and bought my first professional film camera. I learned to love playing with colors and spending hours in the darkroom. When UCSD lost funding for their arts, the department was forced to remove all film equipment and I bought my first DSLR, taking my skills further and self-teaching myself Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. It’s always my pleasure to be invited to capture the journeys of others through photography.
Do you love food? Do you love ethnic cuisines? Do you love cooking food or, like me, only eating food? Do you love fusing together, or say stitching together, different cuisines? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, this is for you!
Stitching Cuisines is a recent project that my mother, sisters, and I have collaborated on to launch. For those who follow my writing and social media sites, it is very evident that my family is a very close and strong unit of love and support. In collaborating with this project, I am the photographer, webmaster, and take care of the video process – from directing and filming to editing and production.
With an Ed.D., cooking is my mother’s first love and second dream. On my website, you’ll find all types of healthy and traditional meals, from her original recipes to vegan, gluten free, and plant based ones as my mother stitches together different recipes from across cultures to make a delicious meal.
Facebook Page: facebook.com/stitchingcuisines